The David Bowie Albums

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The which is it?

Poll Results

OptionVotes
The Station to Station 19
The Low 13
The Blackstar 11
The Lodger 11
The Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars 10
The Hunky Dory 8
The "Heroes" 5
The Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) 4
The Diamond Dogs 3
The Young Americans 2
The Outside 2
The The Man Who Sold the World 2
The Tin Machine II 2
The Black Tie White Noise 1
The Never Let Me Down 1
The Tonight 1
The Let's Dance 1
The Space Oddity 1
The Aladdin Sane 1
The The Next Day 1
The Hours 1
The Reality 0
The Heathen 0
The Earthling 0
The Tin Machine 0
The Pin Ups 0
The David Bowie 0


niels, Saturday, 30 September 2017 22:44 (two years ago) link

THE LODGER, of fucking course.

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Saturday, 30 September 2017 22:48 (two years ago) link

Can't believe he made an album about Matt Johnson selling the world, what was he thinking?

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Saturday, 30 September 2017 23:07 (two years ago) link

Hunky Dory

Week of Wonders (Ross), Saturday, 30 September 2017 23:23 (two years ago) link

Knee-jerk reaction is Station to Station.

he doesn't need to be racist about it though. (Austin), Sunday, 1 October 2017 00:16 (two years ago) link

Gonna change my vote to Station to Station - title track is classic as hell. Hunky Dory was for semimental reasons

Week of Wonders (Ross), Sunday, 1 October 2017 00:18 (two years ago) link

Blackstar

flappy bird, Sunday, 1 October 2017 01:06 (two years ago) link

Aladdin Sane and Low are my favorites

brimstead, Sunday, 1 October 2017 01:42 (two years ago) link

Another for Blackstar. I love a lot of Bowie, but that one goes deep.

dinnerboat, Sunday, 1 October 2017 01:43 (two years ago) link

The David Bowie - 7/10
The Space Oddity - 7/10
The The Man Who Sold the World - 7/10
The Hunky Dory - 9/10
The Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars - 9/10
The Aladdin Sane - 8/10
The Pin Ups - 6/10
The Diamond Dogs - 9/10
The Young Americans - 8/10
The Station to Station - 10/10
The Low - 9/10
The "Heroes" - 9/10
The Lodger - 9/10
The Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) - 8/10
The Let's Dance - 6/10
The Tonight - 3/10
The Never Let Me Down - 2/10
The Tin Machine - 5/10
The Tin Machine II - never heard
The Black Tie White Noise - 5/10
The Outside - 6/10
The Earthling - 7/10
The Hours - never heard
The Heathen - 7/10
The Reality - 6/10
The The Next Day - 7/10
The Blackstar - 9/10

Zelda Zonk, Sunday, 1 October 2017 01:55 (two years ago) link

Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars

Bee OK, Sunday, 1 October 2017 01:56 (two years ago) link

Another for Blackstar. I love a lot of Bowie, but that one goes deep.

― dinnerboat

Me too. Would've voted for Station to Station but... the timing of its release, the shock of his death, & the frankly astounding quality of the music & its menace... I don't think anyone else has pulled off making their own death a work of art like that ever before.

flappy bird, Sunday, 1 October 2017 01:59 (two years ago) link

Blackstar is amazing and yes, unique in that a dying 69 year old was breaking new ground in his last work - it is a quantum leap from The Next Day which was basically a continuation on from the 'classic Bowie rock' sound of the previous 2 albums.

But Station To Station is still pretty much essence of Bowie, it's where it all comes together - the sound of it, the themes, the vocals, the look he had around then, the album artwork (far and away his best) - it was the album Bowie was destined to make.

Zelda Zonk, Sunday, 1 October 2017 02:15 (two years ago) link

The Diamond Dogs is the band I'd be most likely to buy a 7" from out of the back of a zine, so that

airdnb (Tom Violence), Sunday, 1 October 2017 04:46 (two years ago) link

Voting for the favourite album?
Or voting for favourite the album?
(As in: title that most improves from adding The?)

Valentijn, Tuesday, 3 October 2017 07:10 (two years ago) link

I'm going with the second option but feel free to follow your heart

niels, Tuesday, 3 October 2017 07:12 (two years ago) link

I have some to a lot of love for all of his albums, I'm even pretty postive about Never Let Me Down. My absolute faves are Diamond Dogs, 1. Outside, Low and Space Oddity (usually in that order with DD being my ultimate fave). Those I care least for are the debut & the first Tin Machine (the second Tin Machine is much better, with great songs, although the production could have been better).

But the album title that sounds best with The is probably The "Heroes", or The Space Oddity.

Valentijn, Tuesday, 3 October 2017 07:23 (two years ago) link

I'm wondering about The Space Oddity then (it's a big fave which sounds great with The), but- it's not the original album title, that would be the second The David Bowie OR The Man of Words/Man of Music.

Valentijn, Tuesday, 3 October 2017 07:27 (two years ago) link

oooh The Man of Words/Man of Music is a great title!

niels, Tuesday, 3 October 2017 08:36 (two years ago) link

Head says Low, heart says Hunky Dory.

chap, Tuesday, 3 October 2017 10:06 (two years ago) link

The The World of David Bowie

Mark G, Tuesday, 3 October 2017 11:04 (two years ago) link

Not included in the poll options but I consider these live albums improved by The update:
The David Live
The Stage

willem, Tuesday, 3 October 2017 11:31 (two years ago) link

TheChangesOneBowie

Mark G, Tuesday, 3 October 2017 11:38 (two years ago) link

Hunky Dory

Shat Parp (dog latin), Tuesday, 3 October 2017 11:39 (two years ago) link

yeah I just did studio albums, though The Bowie at the Beeb is also great

niels, Tuesday, 3 October 2017 11:58 (two years ago) link

The Stage is very good.
I went for The Space Oddity in the end, not only is it an amazing title but -both- original titles are very good The-titles as well.
(That, and I also really love the album, it's got such a lovely atmosphere.)

Valentijn, Tuesday, 3 October 2017 12:09 (two years ago) link

Found myself gravitating towards Aladdin sane, mostly because of the brilliance of Mike Garson on piano and the incredible Drive-In Saturday

bodak horseman (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 3 October 2017 12:22 (two years ago) link

listening to the new Low mix, sounds like they did a lot of cleaning on it

niels, Tuesday, 3 October 2017 12:31 (two years ago) link

it's almost... too clear

niels, Tuesday, 3 October 2017 12:32 (two years ago) link

There's a new mix of Low?

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Tuesday, 3 October 2017 12:34 (two years ago) link

I think this is supposed to be new?
https://open.spotify.com/album/6DcvIymXDe8sCD1u0fzi8J

could also be that I've been listening to a beat up copy for the past few years

niels, Tuesday, 3 October 2017 12:47 (two years ago) link

oh sry I see it's just a remaster... only The Lodger is remixed

niels, Tuesday, 3 October 2017 12:49 (two years ago) link

Oh right, people are actually taking this poll seriously.

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Tuesday, 3 October 2017 13:14 (two years ago) link

In which case, the results of the albums section of the David Bowie artist poll are near enough OTM.

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Tuesday, 3 October 2017 13:15 (two years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Monday, 9 October 2017 00:01 (two years ago) link

The Tin Machine albums benefit most here imo. You know The Tin Machine was a hit, because there's a sequel.

toss up on whether the right answer is ziggy, station to station, or Low to me. voted Low just for the audacity of the second side.

akm, Monday, 9 October 2017 12:52 (two years ago) link

also, everyone is very angry about the latest round of remasters/reissues in the box set; didn't hear specific complaints about Low but there's some vovlume shift in heroes that sounds like shit, and apparently they fucked up Lodger with a very bass-heavy mastering approach.

akm, Monday, 9 October 2017 12:53 (two years ago) link

The Hunky Dory and The Tonight are the most improved titles imo.

the scarest move i ever seen is scary move 4 (Old Lunch), Monday, 9 October 2017 12:58 (two years ago) link

The Young Americans

she carries a torch. two torches, actually (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Monday, 9 October 2017 15:59 (two years ago) link

"the most improved titles imo." the most improved over what? their predecessors? are you mad?

akm, Monday, 9 October 2017 18:50 (two years ago) link

Some would argue as much, yes.

the scarest move i ever seen is scary move 4 (Old Lunch), Monday, 9 October 2017 19:04 (two years ago) link

i'm also voting for most improved title as well.

something about The Tonight sounds so good to me

Karl Malone, Monday, 9 October 2017 19:16 (two years ago) link

but i voted for The "Heroes" on impulse as soon i scanned the list earlier this morning, so it's too late now.

Karl Malone, Monday, 9 October 2017 19:18 (two years ago) link

Why no The The Buddha Of Suburbia? Good record. ( and not really a sound track album at all)

thomasintrouble, Monday, 9 October 2017 19:59 (two years ago) link

my bad :'(

niels, Monday, 9 October 2017 20:24 (two years ago) link

impossible to choose. im paralyzed by how many amazing mind blowing and beyond classic albums there are on this list

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Monday, 9 October 2017 22:01 (two years ago) link

oh man the the buddha of suburbia would’ve been my vote

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Monday, 9 October 2017 22:29 (two years ago) link

the the next day doesn’t quite cut it

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Monday, 9 October 2017 22:29 (two years ago) link

I used to think it was The Ziggy Stardust, then I used to think it was The Scary Monsters, then I used to think it was The Young Americans and after that The Low. But now I know it's The Station To Station.

But really, it could actually be The Lodger.

Doran, Monday, 9 October 2017 22:50 (two years ago) link

Carrying the torch for normcore dad rock, Ziggy Stardust it is!

Moodles, Monday, 9 October 2017 22:55 (two years ago) link

you mean The Ziggy Stardust

Karl Malone, Monday, 9 October 2017 23:00 (two years ago) link

It's The Station To Station for me too, but The Lodger would be in my top 5

Zelda Zonk, Monday, 9 October 2017 23:11 (two years ago) link

The Dancing in the Streets

Eazy, Monday, 9 October 2017 23:30 (two years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Tuesday, 10 October 2017 00:01 (two years ago) link

Pretty much exactly right

flappy bird, Tuesday, 10 October 2017 02:28 (two years ago) link

Yep - that top 5 is pretty much my top 5

Zelda Zonk, Tuesday, 10 October 2017 02:34 (two years ago) link

The Reality 0
^^deservedly so

niels, Tuesday, 10 October 2017 14:02 (two years ago) link

the Heathen deserved a vote

akm, Tuesday, 10 October 2017 21:11 (two years ago) link

certainly deserved more than The The Hours

akm, Tuesday, 10 October 2017 21:12 (two years ago) link

Of the ones that got 0 votes, I'll rep for The Heathen, The Earthling and The David Bowie

Zelda Zonk, Tuesday, 10 October 2017 21:55 (two years ago) link

haha that would be a great title for a book

niels, Wednesday, 11 October 2017 14:01 (two years ago) link

due to the chaos of the recent boxset i have decided to re-add the Ryko editions to my digital archive.
i got a complete set of the EMI remasters (japanese mini editions) a few years back and so cleared out the digital rips of my Ryko collection as i thought the Ryko set sounded weak and ineffectual.
however, according to the SF crew the Ryko editions are far better sonically.
i have most of them (just Ziggy missing), so, time to dive in.

mark e, Friday, 13 October 2017 18:16 (two years ago) link

two years pass...

The ‘Mercury’ Demos is a compilation by David Bowie, released in May 2019. It features ten songs in mono, demo form performed by Bowie with his friend John Hutchinson in early 1969. In November 2019, all songs were released on CD on the Conversation Piece box set. Wikipedia

Just heard these folky Mercury demos from 68 & 69 for first time, on Spotify. Space Oddity version is nice as is a song called “An Occasional Dream”

curmudgeon, Saturday, 4 January 2020 20:47 (seven months ago) link

Yeah I like all those. They released almost all of it in spurts last year in stupid variations (7" box, blah blah).

Aapparently there's supposed to be 6 unreleased tracks released weekly starting today on streaming which will wind up on an RSD release later this year called ChangesNowBowie, but I can't locate the song they released on apple music (a 1997 version of Man Who Sold the World).

akm, Wednesday, 8 January 2020 20:00 (seven months ago) link

Will look out for those

curmudgeon, Friday, 10 January 2020 05:33 (seven months ago) link

4 years ago today

The Soundtrack of Burl Ives (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 10 January 2020 17:18 (seven months ago) link

“Four years”

The Soundtrack of Burl Ives (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 10 January 2020 17:19 (seven months ago) link

my brain does hurt a lot

american bradass (BradNelson), Friday, 10 January 2020 17:32 (seven months ago) link

Is it because it is like a warehouse, or is it the concrete all around?

The Soundtrack of Burl Ives (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 10 January 2020 17:34 (seven months ago) link

six months pass...

It just occurred to me that while Bowie could be personal, funny or profound as a lyricist, sometimes accidentally so, he never really tries to be clever, does he?

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 28 July 2020 14:27 (one week ago) link

Which is a good thing, I hope

Time Will Show Leo Weiser (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 28 July 2020 14:45 (one week ago) link

Now the workers have struck for fame
Because Lennon's on sale again

budo jeru, Tuesday, 28 July 2020 14:53 (one week ago) link

Yeah, I think that whole weird verse is trying to be clever.

Eyeball Kicks, Tuesday, 28 July 2020 15:21 (one week ago) link

https://i.imgur.com/AtKx7nM.jpg
Keep boxing clever.

Time Will Show Leo Weiser (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 28 July 2020 15:29 (one week ago) link

I totally think it's a good thing he never really tries to be clever. Jut surprising, given he's smart, pretentious, ambitious, etc. that he never really seemed tempted to show off lyrically. If anything he went the opposite direction. Automatic writing, cut-ups, stream of consciousness, etc.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 28 July 2020 15:33 (one week ago) link

I don't know how you're defining 'trying to be clever' tbh.

Sonny Shamrock (Tom D.), Tuesday, 28 July 2020 15:37 (one week ago) link

For instance...

"I'm closer to the Golden Dawn
Immersed in Crowley's uniform
Of imagery
I'm living in a silent film
Portraying Himmler's sacred realm
Of dream reality"

... is that trying to be clever?

Sonny Shamrock (Tom D.), Tuesday, 28 July 2020 15:39 (one week ago) link

There's quite a lot of that sort of stuff pre-Ziggy!

Sonny Shamrock (Tom D.), Tuesday, 28 July 2020 15:41 (one week ago) link

Yeah, I don't think of that as clever, just evocative. I'm thinking more of the, yeah, Elvis Costello vein, of couplets and quips and tricky wordplay.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 28 July 2020 16:10 (one week ago) link

Right, get you, no he did not, thank God!

Sonny Shamrock (Tom D.), Tuesday, 28 July 2020 16:22 (one week ago) link

he definitely did it sometimes, but i agree that it's good he largely avoided it and in any case the examples that come to mind (including the one i posted) rarely come off as smug or obnoxious

budo jeru, Tuesday, 28 July 2020 16:54 (one week ago) link

He doesn't go much for rhymes, which precludes a lot of opportunities cleverness.

Julius Caesar Memento Hoodie (bendy), Tuesday, 28 July 2020 17:35 (one week ago) link

Last two posts otm.

Time Will Show Leo Weiser (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 28 July 2020 17:36 (one week ago) link


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